I recently had the opportunity to hear Liz Murray at the National Council of Jewish Women Palm Beach Section luncheon. Murray has a compelling story. As the child of drug addicted parents , she was living on the streets as a teenager. When her mom died, she realized she needed to make a change and take charge of her life. She tried to enroll in many high schools and found an alternative school with a mentor. She finished high school and with the encouragement of her mentor applied and was accepted to Harvard. But, Murray had a secret — she was homeless. After winning a New York Times scholarship, her homelessness was revealed and her story became known.
Her journey was made into a Lifetime TV movie, and she is the author of the best selling book Breaking Night.
Murray spoke without notes and told her riveting story to more than 400 one afternoon with a standing ovation.
She asked the question “What does it take to make a difference in one person’s life?”
For Murray’s triumph over adversity is was a mentor. And for you?
Here’s an interesting way to ring in the New Year with paper cranes. Write down or reflect upon your unpleasant thoughts from 2016 that you want to release. Then contemplate your positive intentions and good thoughts for 2017. As a symbolic and therapeutic gesture, toss them into a fire. While you’re at it, make a toast with a glass of champagne. Of course, combine it with a warm evening on the beach and the serenity of the ocean.
Thanks to the Juno Beach Civic Association and the ingenuity of therapist Jennifer Behnke (above), many Juno Beach residents participated in this experience and are energized for 2017.
For 2017, may we all have health, happiness and peace!
(Floral arrangement from Juno Beach Florist)
As the the former president of the West Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce in Michigan, I was excited to see a hometown boy on the cover of Forbes magazine. Jeff Lawson graces the cover as the CEO of Twilio. Twilio adds messaging, video and communications to web and mobile applications. As you can see, it’s touted as the “The World’s Sexiest Stock.” Some of the companies that utilize Twilio are Uber, Match and Airbnb.
Jeff grew up around the block from me. Although I do not know Jeff personally, I know his parents. The fascinating article describes Jeff as down-to-earth and humble. It also describes his entrepreneurial spirit and his emotional intelligence in the business world– perfect for a motownsavvy post!
(P.S. Back to fashion, next post.)
Every fall the city of Grand Rapids, Michigan transforms into an art paradise for artists and art lovers. It’s all because of ArtPrize — an open competition for artists to submit their work and have the opportunity to win more than $500,000 worth of prizes. Artists’ works are displayed throughout the city, and the venues are open to the public for free. The artists connect through the official ArtPrize website.
Here is the mission statement: “ArtPrize is an international art competition and festival open to all and determined equally by public vote and expert jury. ArtPrize encourages critical discourse, celebrates artists, transforms urban space and promotes cultural understanding.”
This is the eighth year, and I’m proud to announce that two of my friends are part of the 2016 ArtPrize competition.
Janet Kelman’s glass sculptures are spectacular and the piece “Oracle” (above) is no exception. The aqua hues are breath taking.
Photographer Gene Meadows does not disappoint with his edgy work “de-con-struct,” which is below. Although I also like his traditional photos of home interiors along with his beautiful series of Cranbrook in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
The Detroit Free Press included Janet and Gene in an article highlighting metro Detroit artists at ArtPrize.
Here’s a recipe for success — Take eight creative women, mix in a artist’s home and a great cause for a winning event all to benefit the Detroit Jewish Hospice.
The women are jewelry and accessory designers. To sweeten the event, Stacie Berman, pastry artist, of SloMo Cakes and Cookies will be there.
The artists include: Olga Babushkina, Stacie Berman, Carol Ellis, Linda Golden, Arlene Lullove, Diane Mondry, Laurie Winston and Terrie Voight.
The event is this Sunday, Sept. 18 at the home of Linda Golden. For more information, call 248-592-2687 or email@example.com
Photos include pastries by Stacie Berman and necklace by Linda Golden.
Combine a popular TV show with gourmet food, and you will have a spectacular event — especially it’s for a good cause like the Friendship Circle.
The Friendship Circle is an organization for children with special needs. With over 79 locations worldwide the Friendship Circle has cultivated friendships between 5,000 special children and close to 11,000 teen volunteers. Each independent Friendship Circle is operated by its local Chabad Lubavitch Center, and entirely supported by each local community to benefit local children with special needs.
On Monday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. in metro-Detroit, three professional chefs will compete in an exciting culinary battle to test their creativity and cooking skills. Like in the television show MasterChef, these stars in the kitchen will be presented with an astonishing assortment of ingredients and quick-fire challenges (including inexperienced sous chefs) as they battle before your eyes.
The three chefs competing in the competition are Chef Reva Constantine (above) of the Great Lakes Culinary Center, Chef Derik Watson of Bistro 82 in metro-Detroit and Chef Sarah Welch of Republic Tavern. The emcee is Michelle Bommartio (below), a renown cake designer and TV personality.
All proceeds from this event will benefit the Friendship Circle in West Bloomfield. For more information about the event in West Bloomfield, MI, go to this site. http://www.friendshipcircle.org/events/masterchef/
Workout aficionados, yoga devotees and women everywhere, there’s a new bra in town. Elyse Kaye, a former Motowner, is founder and CEO of Bloom Bras. Kaye enlisted the help of celebrity corset designer Camilla Huey to develop a patented design to make an adjustable and comfortable bra. Kaye just launched on Kickstarter to lift this company to new heights. Not only does Kaye have the entrepreneurial spirit, but she is philanthropic as well. Some of the proceeds will go to breast cancer research. Look at all the support (pun intended) and check out this unique design.
Entrepreneur Jesse Itzler has a magnetic personality and a motivational spirit. I recently had the opportunity to listen to him for two minutes, and I was mesmerized. He was with 250 authors in New York pitching books to the Jewish Book Council. He was a stand out explaining his book Living with a SEAL, within the strict two minute time slot.
Jesse lived with a SEAL (yes, a Navy SEAL) to develop a challenging health and fitness regime. There was one condition: Jesse had to agree to do everything the SEAL demanded. So, Jesse trained for 31 days. The subtitle of the book is 31 Days Training with the Toughest Man on the Planet, which included running miles wearing a 50-pound vest, jumping into a frozen lake and training all hours of the day and night.
Physically, Jesse is now in terrific shape, and his book recounts this journey with determination, grit and humor. Add author to his business accomplishments — owner of the Atlanta Hawks, co-founder of Marquis Jets and pioneering the coconut water craze with Zicos acquired by Coca-Cola. Oh, did I mention he was a rapper and music producer too? And of course his personal accomplishments are amazing also. He is married to Sara Blakely, Spanx founder, and they have four children.
Style has no age. Just check out the book Advanced Style by Ari Seth Cohen. Cohen chronicles several seniors of a certain age who are stylish, creative and wise. As he states on his website, he roams the streets of New York looking for the most stylish older folks. I had the opportunity to see the documentary Advanced Style: A Fashionable Film based on the book. I also met one of the stars, Debra Rapoport. (below)
Debra’s fabulous hat and colorful style are unique. Debra is just a snapshot of Cohen’s keen eye.
His blog features superb photographs reminiscent of Bill Cunningham from the New York Times.
As Cohen states on his blog, “Advanced Style offers proof from the wise and silver-haired set that personal style advances with age.”